Archive for May, 2018

[Interview] Adoptee finds self-fulfillment after moving to Korea 

The boy was adopted by an American family in 1977, around the age of five. He has no memories of South Korea. His name is Luke McQueen, and his birthday is Sept. 1, the day he was adopted. McQueen li.. …

No. of Chinese Visiting S. Korea on Group Tours Rises Again

[International] : Person-to-person exchanges between South Korea and China are increasing again.  According to a source in Beijing on Monday, there were a total of seven-thousand-786 applications for a group tour to South Korea last month, jumping by 122 percent from early this year.  The number of Chinese applying …[more…] …

Honorary Reporters select most memorable moments of Moon administration

By Kim Young Shin The Korean Culture & Information Service (KOCIS), part of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, has just released a video collage of the most memorable moments of the ne …

Trump, Abe agree to meet before U.S.-N.K. summit: report

TOKYO/SEOUL, May 28 (Yonhap) — U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to meet before a possible U.S.-North Korea summit, a report said Monday, amid Tokyo’s apparent efforts to stay relevant in a flurry of diplom …

[Column] Donald Trump’s Party of One

A couple of weeks ago Donald Trump stunned political observers and many of his supporters with a tweet expressing concern about the jobs being lost in China due to the troubles facing ZTE, a Chinese e.. …

Putin, Abe Discuss Kuril Islands, WWII Treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met in Moscow on Saturday for talks on such matters as resolving a dispute over four Pacific islands and eventually signing a peace treaty.Abe has been pushing for a way forward in the dispute that centers on the four most south… …

N. Korea won't give up nuclear weapons: Victor Cha

WASHINGTON, May 27 (Yonhap) — A former U.S. nuclear negotiator on Sunday cast doubt on the prospects of North Korea’s denuclearization, saying the communist regime is unlikely to give up its nukes in a potential summit with the United States. Vict …

S. Korea's Economic Growth Ranks 5th among OECD Nations in Q1

[Economy] : South Korea's economic growth rate ranked fifth among members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in the first quarter of the year, a sharp turnaround from three months earlier. According to OECD data on Sunday, the country's economy expanded one-point-one percent …[more…] …

NK remains committed to US dialogue, denuclearization: president

President Moon Jae-in talks to the press about the outcome of the second inter-Korean talks that took place with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Tongilgak in Panmunjeom a day earlier, at Cheong …

(News Focus) A roller-coaster ride for nuclear diplomacy, Moon's mediator role

By Byun Duk-kun SEOUL, May 27 (Yonhap) — The frenetic diplomacy over a historic summit between the United States and North Korea for the past few days shone the spotlight on the middleman role of President Moon Jae-in, who emphasized that only direct …

Leaders of Two Koreas Hold 2nd Summit at Panmunjeom

[Inter-Korea] : President Moon Jae-in has held a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said in a written news briefing that the two leaders met at Tongilgak on the northern side of the truce village of Panmunjeom from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. The …[more…] …

North, South Korean Leaders Met to Discuss Possible Summit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a surprise meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Saturday to ensure a summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump goes off successfully, South Korean officials said.It was the clearest sign yet that the on-again off-again summit between Trump … …

[Breaking news] Moon and Kim hold surprise summit at Panmunjeom

On May 26, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held an unexpected meeting, representing their second summit in as many months. President Moon may be making a diploma.. …

(2nd LD) Leaders of divided Koreas hold surprise meeting over U.S.-N.K. summit

(ATTN: UPDATES with more information in last 4 paras; ADDS photo) SEOUL, May 26 (Yonhap) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a surprise second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Saturday, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said, …

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Trump Says N. Korea Summit Can Still Happen on June 12

[International] : U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said the summit with North Korea could still take place. He tweeted Saturday that “very productive talks” were under way with North Korea about reinstating the summit which he said if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June …[more…] …

(3rd LD) Trump says N. Korea summit could still happen June 12

(ATTN: UPDATES with reactions from White House, Pentagon, other details) WASHINGTON/SEOUL, May 25 (Yonhap) — U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could still take place June 12, after cancel …

Japanese Tourists Return to Korea

Some 213,000 Japanese tourists visited Korea in April, up 29 percent from the same month last year, the Korea Tourism Organization said Thursday. The increase heralds a return of Japanese visitors as a force to reckon with in the Korean tourism industry, which not long ago weaned itself of dependenc… …

Wolsong-2 Nuclear Reactor to Resume Operation after Safety Checks

[Domestic] : One of South Korea’s aged nuclear reactors will resume operation after a two-month suspension for a safety review.  The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission on Friday approved the resumption of the Wolsong-2 nuclear reactor. The commission said it ran safety checks on the nuclear reactor located in …[more…] …

[News analysis] Opportunity for the “talks of the century” in jeopardy due to bickering

Just as planned, North Korea held a ceremony on May 24 for the dismantlement of its “northern nuclear test ground” in a valley next to Mount Mantap, located in Punggye Village, Kilju County, North Ham.. …